Press Release: NY State of Health Hosts Online Informational Webinars in Spanish and Mandarin Tomorrow
Enrollment Remains Strong During Final Weeks of Open Enrollment
Enroll Today! 2019 Open Enrollment Ends January 31, 2019
Customer Service Center Hours Extended before Deadline
ALBANY, N.Y. (January 22, 2019) - NY State of Health, the state’s official health plan Marketplace, today reminded New Yorkers that now is the time to enroll in a Qualified Health Plan (QHP) for 2019 coverage. NY State of Health will hold webinars in Spanish and Mandarin tomorrow night, January 23, 2019. Open Enrollment for 2019 ends January 31. Consumers across the state have a choice of many quality health plans, and financial assistance is available to most individuals who buy coverage through NY State of Health.
Enrollment for 2019 coverage through the Marketplace continues to surge with more than 4.6 million enrolled across all programs. More than 5,600 enrolled in a QHP or Essential Plan through the Marketplace in the last three weeks, bringing enrollment as of today, to more than 260,500 in a QHP and 773,300 in the Essential Plan. Marketplace enrollment has already exceeded numbers reported at the end of the 2018 Open Enrollment Period.
“Higher enrollment shows ongoing consumer demand for the affordable, quality health plans offered by the Marketplace,” said NY State of Health Executive Director, Donna Frescatore. “With the January 31 deadline quickly approaching, we encourage anyone who needs coverage for 2019 to enroll now.”
In an effort to educate New Yorkers about the enrollment process and how to find in-person enrollment assistance, NY State of Health is hosting free online enrollment webinars tomorrow night on Wednesday, January 23, that will feature live question and answer sessions. The webinars will be held from 7:00-8:00 p.m. and will be offered in Spanish and Mandarin. The English language version of the webinar can be viewed here.
Register here for tomorrow’s webinar:
NY State of Health’s Customer Service Center will offer extended hours during the final weekend before the January 31 deadline. Available at 1-855-355-5777, Customer Service Center representatives can enroll consumers in health plans over the phone, assist with website enrollments and answer questions. The Customer Service Center is open:
- Monday to Friday from 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
- Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
- Extended hours on: Saturday, January 27, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
NY State of Health representatives will also be available at many events across the state to educate New Yorkers about the Marketplace and to enroll consumers in health plans. A list of locations is available on the NY State of Health events map.
After January 31, 2019, individuals can enroll in a Qualified Health Plan only if they have a life event such as loss of coverage, marriage or birth of a child that qualifies them for a Special Enrollment Period. Enrollment in Medicaid, Child Health Plus and the Essential Plan continues throughout the year.
Contact: New York State Department of Health
518-474-7354 ext. 1
About NY State of Health
New York opened its health plan Marketplace, NY State of Health, in October 2013. The Marketplace’s one stop health insurance shopping experience offers high quality comprehensive health plans. NY State of Health is the only place where consumers can qualify to get help paying for coverage through premium discounts or tax credits. Eligible New Yorkers can also enroll in Medicaid, Child Health Plus and the Essential Plan through the Marketplace all year. For more information about the NY State of Health Marketplace, please visit: https://nystateofhealth.ny.gov, call Customer Service at 1-855-355-5777, TTY: 1-800-662-1220 or find an enrollment assistor.